On the photo pages of this report, which carries the appropriate title ‘Dimensions’, we present Heidelberg’s various format sizes and give examples of what they can do for you: from small sizes all the way to the new highlight of our product portfolio, the Speedmaster XL 162. This machine, which weighs over 200 metric tons and is up to 30 m long, is the core of our large-format print offerings. It ensures maximum productivity in publishing and commercial printing and meets precisely the requirements of industrial packaging printers.
We have expanded and improved our overall offerings. Our innovations for sheetfed offset print shops of every size, which we are introducing at the major trade show drupa 2008, is quite something to see – like our overall offerings for each stage of the printing process. We present an overview on the page ‘Main Products’.
In this annual report, you will read much about why the competition has intensified in the printing press market and what is currently curbing print shops’ propensity to invest. And you will find out how we are reacting. Among other things, we intend to rapidly expand the share of sales accounted for by our service and consumables business – an area of operations that is largely unaffected by business cycles. For good reason, we are including a booklet, which is designed to make more accessible what is special about Heidelberg’s services.